This review is based on my visit in December 2018 when I stayed for five nights through to January 2019. The site is generally open from the middle of March through to just after New Year and comprises of 66 pitches, 40 of which are hardstanding including eight fully serviced pitches. The grass pitches were, not surprisingly, out of use at this time of year. Non-Members are welcome subject to an additional supplement but tents are not accommodated. The site is easily reached from Junction 8 of the M20 and located just a few miles from Maidstone, around 28 miles from the Channel Tunnel and 37 miles from the port of Dover.
The Site Arrival video shows just how easy access to the site is. Note the hand car wash on your right and the site entrance appears very quickly on the left.
There were two arrival lanes, just to the left of the entrance barrier and further to the left some late night arrival spots too, with electric hook up as per usual. There was limited visitor parking over to the right. Both entrance and exit to the site is via a key card which is given once you have chosen your pitch.
The welcome from the wardens in reception was one of the friendliest I’ve had a on a club site – they couldn’t have been more helpful in pointing out features of the site and local amenities. the shop stocked a decent range of basics too. Most of the facilities were housed in the same block as the reception with the combined laundry and information room around to the side.
Another very comprehensive spread of information on local attractions, services, pubs, restaurants, takeaways and bus timetables. A list of mobile service engineers too if you need one. I didn’t get to try the washing up area but the gents facilities at least were immaculate – modern and well kept, protected – as was the laundry/info room – by a keypad, the code for which is given on check-in. Through the barrier and into the site itself, the first of the eight fully serviced pitches are to the right.
A one way system steers you right up a slight incline and past the Motorhome Service Point – always good to see that near the site entrance – and along past the only complete service point on site under a pagoda. Fresh water and rubbish collection points are dotted around but here is the only place to empty water and chemical toilet waste. The site – roughly square with a centre green – slopes away from west to east and the sought after pitches are the higher ones (10-20) giving a nice view over the surrounding fields.
The centre green is home to five grass pitches when weather permits with a further eleven off to the southern side of the site. Most of the hard standings were occupied during my stay but I did wonder if it might feel a little crowded with all the pitches in use. Worth mentioning too that this site does have a storage compound at the north western corner of the site – handy if you’re a frequent channel hopper I guess.
For the little ones there is a fenced play area in the bottom corner and for the four legged ones, a dog exercise area runs along the bottom of the site. I found the site to be very quiet at night – New Years Eve notwithstanding of course! There is some road noise, particularly during rush hour and there are occasional diversions off the M20 onto the adjacent road at night. For this reason the main gates are shut at 8pm to stop people using the site entrance to turn around – but they are not locked so you can still come and go as you please. Right, getting connected.
The usual club WiFi was available, rated gold by the club, and is one of the fastest I’ve come across on a club site, I didn’t bother to try out the TV but that is rated as fair with aerial hook ups available on the bollards.
A reasonable choice on the radio. Mobile wise, Three was a bit hit and miss but the other major networks reported a good 4G signal. When getting out and about it is possible to leave your vehicle on site and let someone else do the driving. There is bus stop by the site entrance and the 10X will take you along to Maidstone in one direction or Ashford in the other. Check out the timetable HERE.
The railway station at Bearsted is around a 30 minute walk from the site – halved if you jump on the bus although watch for return times as the buses don’t run late. Car parking is available at the station – for more details check out the Network Rail guide HERE. Trains run to London Victoria in one direction and Canterbury and Ashford in the other. Activity wise there’s no shortage of things to keep you occupied during your stay.
My time was limited but the highlight was undoubtedly Leeds Castle, just a few minutes drive away, or around twenty-five minutes on foot – again, slightly shorter if you hop on the bus. The castle and estate could easily occupy a whole day of your time – particularly in more agreeable weather when you can make the most of the grounds and perhaps take a picnic. Club members get a 20% discount on the admission price which trumps any online deals but do take your membership card and receipt – even then it’s around twenty pounds. As well as the castle itself, do check out the maize and falconry displays. A new kids playground, modelled on the design of Leeds Castle, is due to open in April 2019.
A little further afield the market village of Lenham is worth a wander around and a bit further away is Pluckley, where the ITV series The Darling Buds of May was filmed and is popular with ghost hunters too! Faversham, home of the Shepherd Neame brewery is around a 30 minute drive away as is the historic dockyard at Chatham. Sport wise, there’s fishing within a mile of the site at Major Lakes and golfers can head to Marriott Tudor Park , just half a mile away, or combine sightseeing with nine holes at Leeds Castle. Mote Park in Maidstone offers a variety of watersports for the more energetic with pay and display parking available. Turning, finally to the all important grog & grub, I only got to to try one pub during my stay but will heartily recommend The Oak on the Green in Bearsted – just under a thirty minute walk from the site. It was clearly very popular and we only just managed to get a table so if you are planning to eat there it might be worth booking. For groceries and fuel there’s a Tesco Esso Express and BP on the main road through Bearsted with more options a bit further along in Maidstone. Bearsted Caravan & Motorhome Club Site, Ashford Road, Hollingbourne, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1XH.
The annual calendar of caravan events rarely sleeps – at practically any time of the year you are likely to find one kind of show or another within a reasonable drive away from your home.
With the Spring season less than two months’ away and the prospect of longer, warmer days, that calendar really begins to click into gear, with all the latest models, accessories, gadgets and caravan talk getting well and truly underway.
So let’s see just a few of the caravan events that 2019 holds in store on a region by region basis:
- February hosts probably the biggest event of them all – the annual
Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) from the 19th to the 24th of February;
- 2019 sees more than 400 exhibitors coming together from all over the UK and Europe to show off their latest wares, innovations, tips and suggestions – all under one gigantic roof;
- by attending the show, you can take advantage of thousands of exclusive offers on caravans, motorhomes, camping gear and gadgets – with free parking also thrown in for the price of your ticket;
The South of England
- if you want to avoid the drive to the Midlands – or are impatient to taste the new season’s offers even earlier – you might be just in time to catch the Southwest’s Caravan and Motorhome Show at Exeter’s Westpoint exhibition centre from the 25th until the 27th of January;
The North of England
- also in January – but hurry, since it’s open from the 17th until the 20th – is the biggest caravan and motorhome show in the North of England at EventCity in Manchester;
- meet the manufacturers’ of 2019’s latest models and get up close and personal as you inspect the specifications, layout and interiors of the leading brands;
- if you are a novice at towing a caravan, take a test drive under expert tuition on the exhibition centre’s special track, which even has an area dedicated to 3 to 10-year olds for their My First Towing Experience;
- if you’ve already missed the Manchester event, you might wait until the 7th and 8th of September, hop across the Pennines and visit the Caravan Extravaganza (The Lawns), in Hull, East Yorkshire;
- Chepstow racecourse is hosting the South Wales Caravan and Motorhome Show from the 5th to the 7th of July 2019 – perfect timing for a summer’s outing to the principality and an opportunity to extend your holiday a while by exploring the glorious Gower Peninsula perhaps;
- Glasgow’s Scottish Event Campus (SEC) hosts the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show, from the 7th until the 10th of February;
- the SEC is just off the M8 motorway and has parking for a massive 1,600 cars;
- if you live in Northern Ireland – or why not make the Province the first of your 2019 caravanning holidays – you might be just in time to make the Caravan & Motorhome Show in Belfast from the 18th until the 20th of January; but
- hurry – you won’t want to miss it, since caravan shows are fewer and further between in Northern Ireland than the rest of the UK.
Get into the swing of things by visiting one of your regional caravan shows this year – and take a preview of all that’s new and exciting for the season ahead.
Having enjoyed a record breaking summer in 2018, you are probably thanking your lucky stars for your foresight in buying a static caravan as a holiday home.
Remember, though, that your second home also needs the protection of adequate insurance in both the sunshine and the rain – not to mention the storms and freezing cold of winter months.
Static caravan insurance may provide an essential safeguard, but just like any other insurance, you want to avoid paying an arm and a leg for it.
So, now might be just the time to be asking yourself whether cheap static caravan insurance really does exist.
So, you want to buy cheap static home insurance?
During troubled economic times, it is perfectly understandable that some caravan owners may find the idea of cheap static caravan insurance to be particularly attractive.
There is nothing wrong with thinking of economy when you are looking for caravan insurance and being attracted by advertisements claiming to offer cheap static caravan insurance is understandable.
Yet it is important to note that the price of a static caravan insurance policy is only one component of the overall package.
Your static caravan is very likely to be unique to you. Where you site it, its value, the nature of any contents it contains and the way you use it, etc., will define your requirements for static caravan insurance.
None of these things necessarily relate directly to the price. So, for example, if you decide that you require a high level of static contents cover then what someone else has found to be a cheap policy, may not prove to be cheap for you if it does not provide the contents cover you require.
You may be happy to pay more for a policy providing you with what you need and still consider it to be “cheap at the price”.
Static caravan insurance policies may vary from each other in many ways and, by definition, you may find some to be more to your liking than others.
Cheap vs. value for money
So, if you are asking yourself where you can find the cheapest static caravan insurance, you might want to think again and ask whether you are asking the right question.
Whenever you are buying insurance – or any other product for that matter – the most important question that should be asked is whether the product offers good value for money, delivering everything you want from it at a competitive price.
Always bear in mind that the cheapest is not always going to offer the most appropriate protection. Cheap static caravan insurance may be your goal, but value for money – in terms of the cover you need, at a competitive rate, is more likely to secure the better deal.
And remember, what your site neighbour or friend thinks is cheap static home insurance does not necessarily mean it will be the cheapest – or most appropriate – caravan insurance for you.
Where to buy – knowing where to look
Before you buy the cover you need – and compare static caravan insurance quotes – it helps to know where you might look:
The holiday park owners
- when you sign the lease agreement for your pitch on the caravan site, you might get the impression that you have little choice – you are almost certain to be offered static caravan insurance by the park’s management and feel under some pressure to buy it from them;
- in fact, very few lease agreements impose such an obligation, so you are free to shop around, compare static caravan insurance online, and buy the cover from wherever you choose;
- all that the park management may be able to insist upon is sight of the insurance document as evidence that you have a minimum level of public liability insurance – for the protection of your neighbours and other park visitors who might be injured or have their property damaged and hold you responsible;
- you may be charged a small administrative fee if you choose to source any insurance requirement elsewhere – but you are still likely to be saving money from buying your cover independently;
Choose a specialist broker
- you might use your freedom to shop around to decide for yourself what insurance cover might be appropriate and look for it using your own resources – online, for example;
- arranging the appropriate insurance depends on your knowing what needs to be covered and the nature and extent of the policy you are looking for – something which for the relatively inexperienced caravanner might be difficult in itself;
- but that is only half of the story, since when you have determined what insurance you are looking for, you next need to find out whether it is available in the current insurance market;
- unless you have a particular inside knowledge of the intricacies of the insurance market, you might find that expertise and experience of a specialist broker in static caravan insurance, such as ourselves at Cover4Caravans, may help to find the appropriate match between the two halves of your quest;
- indeed, the government sponsored Money Advice Service suggests that a broker may help you to find better cover at the most favourable price;
- the advantages of using an independent insurance broker are also described by the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA), which lists ten good reasons for doing so;
- these include the free advice you may be given, the identification of those risks you might not have spotted yourself, the help you may need in making a claim, and the access to competitively priced policies which are often available exclusively through a broker, so satisfying your search for cheap static caravan insurance which represents excellent value for money;
- by using a caravan insurance specialist, you are likely to get a choice of caravan cover, too, from a number of insurers, meaning you can choose the cover most cost-effective and appropriate for you;
- and finding the most suitable insurance for your static home is typically just a click or two away when you visit us here at Cover4Caravans and ask for your online quote or make a telephone enquiry.
As with any insurance, the protection for your static holiday caravan is only as good as the risks and perils covered by your insurance policy – the details of which are likely to vary from one insurer to another, of course:
- the single most important element of cover is likely to be protection of the caravan itself against such potentially catastrophic risks as fire, flooding, storm damage, impacts and vandalism;
- a cause for particular concern – given the damage such incidents may cause – is the risk of flooding and whether your policy extends cover in such an eventuality;
- holiday caravan parks in some parts of the country may be more vulnerable to flooding than others, so it may pay to check on the Environment Agency’s scalable map whether your caravan is in just such an area – if it is, you may find it more difficult to secure insurance or find that you need to pay more for it;
- a further area of concern when insuring the caravan concerns the possibility of a total loss and whether the insurer offers replacement on a new for old basis or whether depreciation is taken into account – the age of your caravan typically affects whether the insurer is prepared to replace it or offer a settlement based on its market value before the incident;
- just as you might want to protect the contents of your main place of residence, static caravan insurance may also extend to the contents – which may have mounted steadily in value as you make use of your second home;
- the total sum insured for the contents is an important aspect in ensuring that you are neither underinsured (when the settlement of a claim may be insufficient to cover the costs of replacement) or overinsured (in which case, you may be paying more for the cover than you really need);
- as part of the general terms and conditions when agreeing the lease for your holiday home’s pitch, the park owners may insist that you have adequate public liability insurance – to cover claims from other residents, visitors or members of the public who may be injured or have their property damaged in connection with your ownership of the static caravan;
- injury claims, in particular, pay amount to very substantial amounts, so you may not be surprised to learn that your holiday home insurance under this heading is for an amount up to £1 million;
Playing your part
- a key part of any insurance contract is the insured’s responsibility for ensuring that all reasonable steps are taken to mitigate the risk of damage or loss – and static caravan insurance is no exception;
- in this case, it is likely to involve specific precautions to be taken during those months of the year when the holiday park is closed, and your caravan stands empty;
- such precautions may include the removal of items of particular value, confirmation of the holiday park’s security arrangements during the closed season, disconnection of gas and electricity supplies, and the draining down of all the water systems.
In addition to the principal headings of cover, you might also want to compare static caravan insurance quotes to identify any which:
- impose restrictions relating to the location of your static home that are unacceptable to you (or that you are simply unable to comply with); or
- whether you may qualify for discounts to help you reduce the cost of your premiums by doing things such as fitting smoke and fire alarms or intruder detection devices.
In the final analysis, your caravan insurance cover may one day be the only thing that stands between you and some very severe costs in the event that your static home is damaged. It therefore makes sense to be as certain as you can be that you have insurance that is a good match for your circumstances.
Some forethought to issues such as these and discussion with a specialist static caravan insurance expert, such as ourselves at Cover4Caravans, might help ensure that you get the best value for money from your insurance cover.
In that overall context, therefore, your intention to buy cheap static home insurance may become a secondary issue to buying cover that represents good value for money in terms of the protection needed by you and your holiday home.
If you are looking for tourer insurance for your caravan, it seems reasonable to ask just what it might cover.
You might be surprised, however, how many owners who are new to the joys of caravanning – as well as a few seasoned old hands – are more than a little hazy about quite what risks tourer insurance does and does not cover.
Buying any form of insurance, including tourer caravan insurance, may sometimes be something that’s a little fraught with uncertainty. Terminology may be confusing and sometimes things are described in unnecessarily complex terms.
On top of that, insurance products change, along with the type of caravan you are using over the years, the nature of the outings you make in it, and the risks that need the protection of appropriate insurance.
That is why it is important to not only regularly review your cover to make sure you have the most appropriate touring caravan insurance available, but also to notify your insurer of any changes to your caravan (such as where it is stored) as soon as possible.
Do I have to have touring caravan insurance?
When you are towing a caravan, the law does not require that you have separate touring caravan insurance.
The vehicle you are driving of course has a legal requirement for a minimum of third party insurance – and that cover typically extends to the caravan you are towing too. (Not that we say “typically” – it is imperative that you check with your motor insurance provider as to what cover your caravan has, if any, under your car insurance policy).
But even if your motor insurance is upgraded to fully comprehensive cover, you are likely to find that it provides protection against third party risks only for your caravan – leaving the trailer completely vulnerable to fire, theft or accidental damage.
That is why separate, specialist touring caravan insurance is necessary.
What touring caravan insurance covers
In reality, getting a quote for and buying caravan insurance can be easy. Plus, the basic principles of tourer caravan insurance are very straightforward:
- cover is typically provided for damage to (or theft of) the caravan – touring caravan insurance ensures that your caravan is protected – whether it is parked on your driveway at home, stored elsewhere, being towed or pitched anywhere along the route of your current holiday.
- financial protection is also extended to the contents of your caravan (some policies may have certain exclusions, such as high-value jewellery or PCs etc);
- this extends to those times when your caravan is still hitched to the towing vehicle and when it is unhitched – but your insurer is likely to insist that you use a hitch-lock if the caravan is unattended and still connected to the towing vehicle and wheel-clamps when it is unhitched;
- your tourer insurance cover takes into account the make, model, age and value of the caravan – and some policies may offer replacement as new settlements in the event of a total loss of a ‘van that is less than two years old. At Cover4Caravans, we provide new for old cover for both statics and tourers up to 5 years old, regardless of the number of owners;
- some policies may also provide third-party liability cover – that exists in case you are sued by someone, who believes they have suffered personal injury (or property damage), as a result of your caravan.
But remember that cover varies from one insurer to another
Along with common elements of cover, things may vary depending upon the offer that the touring insurance provider is making. It’s therefore important to take the time to read carefully your initial quotation and the policy documentation before you make a purchasing decision.
That is to ensure that you understand the caravan cover being offered, plus any conditions, exclusions and obligations so as to be clear it is a good match for your situation.
It’s also typically advisable to compare cover caravan insurance policies as some may simply offer protection that is more commensurate with your use of your caravan.
Reassurance from your specialist broker
The costs of getting inappropriate or inadequate cover may be steep indeed. So, you might be reassured by the expertise and experience offered by an independent broker such as ourselves here at Cover4Caravans.
Citizens’ Advice recommends the use of a broker if you are looking for advice about insurance or want a specialist policy – such as tourer insurance.
As independent brokers, we put your interests first and foremost by offering a choice of tourer insurance. To make sure that your tourer insurance provides appropriate safeguards against those risks which it needs to cover, it must be tailored to meet your particular needs, requirements and circumstances.
If you already have caravan insurance, you are almost certain to receive a renewal notice each year. Indeed, some people see buying insurance as such a hassle that they simply annually renew with the same provider and don’t even bother to see if they could get a more attractive deal elsewhere! That shouldn’t be the case! As we mentioned at the start of this article, policies, prices and the cover offered change all the time – what is an appropriate policy for you now may not be the most suitable policy for you this time next year.
You can get a quote from a number of specialist tourer insurance providers all from one place with us, as well as buy caravan insurance online or over the telephone. Or, if you prefer or need any further help or advice, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0800 9707 172.
How do policies differ?
There are some important differences in the levels of protection offered by different insurers.
In the event of the worst coming to the worst and your caravan being totally written off in a major event – such as a fire, for example – a number of insurers offer to replace the caravan with an identical model as new, provided your insured ‘van was less than two years old, or less than five years old if you have been the sole owner since it was new.
Policies arranged through us here at Cover4Caravans, on the other hand, offer new for old replacement of any caravan that is less than five years old, regardless of the number of owners there may have been before you bought it.
Are any discounts offered on touring caravan insurance?
Responsible and careful caravan owners are more than likely to be members of a recognised caravan club – receiving regular tips and suggestions on enhancing security and maintaining your caravan in tiptop condition, for example.
Here at Cover4Caravans, therefore, our policies recognise the importance of club membership by granting a discount on the premiums members need to pay.
More specifically, our policies also recognise that caravans are at perhaps their most vulnerable when they are not in regular use and effectively put into storage for, say, the winter months.
A further discount on your premiums, therefore, is also available if you agree to store your caravan at one of the high-security sites recognised and registered with the Caravan Storage Site Owners’ Association (CaSSOA).
How much does tourer insurance cost?
Inevitably, price is a subject for serious consideration, but it may be advisable to pause a little before presuming that advertisements for cheap caravan cover will necessarily offer a suitable solution for you.
Cheap caravan cover may not offer the same match to your requirements as another, perhaps marginally more expensive policy. If it does then fine but if it doesn’t, keep in mind that if you need to claim, you won’t be bothered at all about how cheap or expensive your policy was – you’ll only want to know what cover it provides.
The bottom line may be that what proves to be cheap for someone else may not be suitable for you or prove to be cheap in the event you need to make a claim – so keeping the price in perspective may be advisable.
Excesses and no claims bonuses
Just as with many other forms of insurance, your tourer insurance is likely to incorporate an excess which you need to pay in the event of a claim – but by agreeing to an increase in the amount of that excess, you may earn a reduction in the cost of your premiums.
if you remain claims free from one year to the next, you also qualify for valuable no claims discounts.
Tourer caravan insurance need not be complicated, but you may need to be prepared to allocate a few minutes to sitting and reading the detail, if you are to avoid missing out on a cost-effective and suitable solution.
Alternatively, please get in touch, either on the telephone or via email, and one of our professional (and friendly!) team will be able to help you find suitable caravan cover.
Having enjoyed what was a record-breaking summer of sunshine, you are probably thanking your lucky stars for your foresight in buying a static caravan as a holiday home for next year – or at least preparing to buy one.
Remember, though, that your second home also needs the protection of adequate insurance in both the sunshine and the rain – not to mention the storms and freezing cold of winter months. Static caravan insurance may provide an essential safeguard, but just like any other insurance, you want to avoid paying an arm and a leg for it.
So, now might be just the time to be asking yourself whether cheap static caravan insurance quotes really do exist – or, more to the point, whether any particular policy provides suitable cover.
What makes it suitable?
Whenever you are buying insurance, one of your biggest concerns is likely to be whether it provides suitable cover.
Your concerns might loom larger still when it comes to static caravan insurance, since it is a specialist type of insurance, yet one which plays a critical role in protecting the enjoyment of your holiday home.
These are concerns we fully recognise here at Cover4Caravans, where we are firmly of the belief that the most appropriate caravan insurance for you is the insurance that meets your particular, individual needs and requirements – it not necessarily the cheapest that makes it suitable, so we select and tailor our policies accordingly.
Site owner’s cover
If you are asking yourself “what does static home insurance cover”, the question of its suitability might not even cross your mind
After all, the insurance is likely to be offered to you by the management of the site on which your holiday home is berthed – and you think they probably know best about the cover that suits.
Before leaping to accept any offer from the park management, however, it may be wise to give the subject more than a second thought.
Although the management of your static caravan park is likely to require that you have insurance to cover your liability for injuries or property damage suffered by your neighbouring holiday home owners, their visitors and members of the public, it is much rarer these days for them to insist that you purchase the insurance through them.
Here is a brief summary of the current position:
- site owners may have a legal right to require you to have third-party liability cover as a minimum form of static caravan insurance. They may also have a right to ask you to demonstrate that to them. Making a modest administration charge for inspecting and copying your insurance certificate might not be unreasonable;
- in typical situations, the site owners do not have a legal right to insist that you purchase their cover. There may be some unusual exceptions to that, such as when deeds and pitch ownership obligations so require but these are not common.
One of the leading park owners in the UK, Park Resorts, for example, mentions the importance of static caravan insurance – especially if you choose to let your holiday home to tenants – but makes no reference to where the cover may be bought.
Since you are not legally obliged to have your site owner’s cover, this means you can shop around for cover and choose a policy that is appropriate and cost-effective for your needs.
Note: you may find that your site owner may charge a nominal fee to make sure you have the correct element of liability insurance if you source your own policy, but even then, you can often still make savings on the cost of your static home insurance.
There is more than one market for static caravan insurance and, to ensure that you get the cover that is exactly right for you and at a competitive price, it almost certainly pays to shop around.
Here at Cover4Caravans, for instance, we have more than 70 years’ of expertise and experience in the caravan insurance market. It has helped us to build up a clear picture of the needs and requirements of our many customers, matching those needs to tailor-made insurance solutions thanks to our network of contacts across this sector of the insurance industry.
The advantages of using an independent insurance broker are described by the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA), which lists ten good reasons for doing so. These include the free advice you may be given, the identification of those risks you might not have spotted yourself, the help you may need in making a claim, and the access to competitively priced policies which are often available exclusively through a broker, so satisfying your search for cheap static caravan insurance which represents excellent value for money.
By using a caravan insurance specialist, you are likely to get a choice of caravan cover, too, from a number of insurers, meaning you can select the static home insurance cover most cost-effective and appropriate for you.
Factors determining the suitability of static home cover
When you are looking to compare static caravan insurance, there are a number of factors likely to determine its suitability:
- rely on our expertise in helping to arrive at a realistic and accurate valuation of your static caravan;
- under-estimate its value and you risk being underinsured, with insufficient to cover its replacement in the event of a total loss, but over-insure it and you end up paying more in premiums than you otherwise need;
- many static caravans make ideal holiday homes for letting to visitors;
- if this is your intention, make sure to include such use in the static caravan insurance you arrange – the additional risks might mean a slight increase in the premiums you pay;
- if you make it clear that you have no such intention, therefore, you may save on the cost of the premiums;
- public liability cover is the element of static caravan insurance upon which your park management is likely to insist – for the protection of other users and visitors to the park;
- it is essential for indemnifying you against claims from neighbours, their visitors or members of the public who may be injured or have their property damaged through some contact with your caravan and the claim that you have been a negligent owner;
- make the most of the various discounts that might be provided by some static caravan insurance providers;
- here at Cover4Caravans, for example, we offer discounts to customers who are a member of a recognised caravan club.
We are able to make the searches on your behalf so that you can compare static caravan insurance online. You might also want to confer with other static caravan owners by reading the pages published by the Static Caravan Club, for example, or the new discussion forum opened on Caravan Talk in October 2017.
How static caravan insurance varies
At the risk of generalising, static caravan insurance policies may have a tendency to come in one of two forms:
- policies with a very basic degree of in-the-price cover only. These sometimes, at face value, appear very cost-attractive but the downside might be that adding in lots of options you think essential might start to ramp-up the final price;
- those that contain a high degree of basic comprehensive cover included in the price.
For example, some policies might cover as standard:
- if your caravan is under a specified number of years of age, automatic new for old cover even if there have been multiple previous owners;
- extended public liability cover;
- cover for static caravans let out for income generation;
- significant no claims discounts that can also reflect the same arising on your car or home insurance;
- contents cover;
- incentives through discounts for additional security measures you might install; etc.
How you use your static caravan
When you compare static caravan insurance, it is important to take into account the way in which you intend to use your holiday home:
- you use your static fairly infrequently for weekend breaks only and it is furnished to basic levels;
- it’s a home-from-home for you and you use it regularly for several weeks each year. It’s furnished to a high standard;
- it is sitting on a fully serviced and secure (24×7) site;
- there is little or no security on site outside of office hours;
- it’s located on a cliff site overlooking the sea or perhaps alongside a river inland;
- you alone use it;
- you sometimes let it out to others for holiday purposes (currently a growing recreational area.
In all these situations and others like them, your requirements and the type of cover you’ll need may vary from one case to another. So, a degree of flexibility in your static caravan insurance cover is typically very important.
Recap of static home insurance essentials
- at the heart of your insurance cover is the protection of the holiday home itself against loss or damage through exposure to risks such as storm damage, fire, flooding, impacts, theft and vandalism;
- getting the appropriate cover is a combination of many factors, including the age, make and model of the caravan itself, plus its location, and how you intend to use it (for your own exclusive use, for example, or occasionally let to paying guests);
- the age of your static caravan may be critical since many parks and resorts impose a maximum number of years before your lease expires;
- also, on the subject of age of your ‘van, insurers typically offer a new for old replacement of caravans that become a total loss depending on the age of the ‘van, plus how many owners it has had. At Cover4Caravans, in the event of a successful claim, we offer new for old cover on both static home and tourers up to 5 years old and regardless of the number of previous owners;
- remember, too, that any major refit or refurbishment of your static caravan is likely to increase its value – when you may need to review the total sum insured;
- one of the elements of insurance frequently overlooked by owners of static caravans is the importance of liability insurance;
- if someone injures themselves when visiting your holiday home, they may hold you liable (alleging that you failed to keep it in a safe state of repair, for instance) and claim damages in compensation;
- alternatively, your static home may be responsible for damage caused to a neighbouring caravan (a piece of loose decking flies off and strikes your neighbour’s during a storm, for example) – again you may be held liable;
- liability insurance is designed to provide indemnity against such claims – and the legal costs that may be involved in defending them;
- your adequate liability insurance is also one of the principal concerns of most park managers – who share a responsibility for ensuring the safety of other residents and their visitors.
Finding the most suitable cover, therefore, relies on your clear understanding of what is static caravan insurance. Here at Cover4Caravans, not only are we able to help you gain that thorough understanding, but also shop around on your behalf, allowing you to compare static caravan insurance online, before arranging the most suitable cover to meet your particular needs and circumstances.